In the metro of Petersburg on a ‘blue line’ there was a terrorist act. On the runway between the stations “Sennaya” and “Technological Institute” around 14:40 a self-made device exploded . Further, at the station “Ploshchad Vosstaniya” another device was found and neutralized. The explosion was carried out not by a suicide bomber, but most likely the bomb was left in the wagon. Within an hour, all the metro stations were closed, and two hours later the Prosecutor General’s Office officially recognized the incident as a terrorist attack.
Initially there were reports about 10 people killed, later the National Anti-Terrorism Committee confirmed nine dead, and about 50 wounded, many have burned faces, among them the wounded and burned children. Evacuation with helicopters goes on
President Vladimir Putin is reported to be in St. Petersburg. The explosions took place during his visit, namely during his public speech. This fact suggests the act was premeditated, and the perpetrators were well-informed about the president’s agenda, Russian media reports.
Immediately after the explosion, which was about 14:30, three stations were closed – “Sadovaya”, “Ploshchad Vosstaniya” and “Technological University”. Then the number of closed stations increased to 10, then all stations of the St. Petersburg subway were closed.
There are following telephone hotlines opened:
+7 (812) 299-99-99 – telephone hotline of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation for St. Petersburg
+7 (495) 983-79-01 – reference EMERCOM of the Russian Federation
+7 (499) 216-99-99 – a single telephone hotline